- Today’s Hardly Strictly priorities: Anderson/McLaughlin (11am, Banjo), Lloyd Cole (noon, Rooster). #
- Tonight on Fringe the Observers let slip their deep, dark secret — that Rogaine is people! #
- Giggle worthy: Brian Eno, still not an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More thoughts: http://t.co/iZ6yVVjA #
- Not a fan of the airborne part of Fleet Week. #
- Second line parade in Valencia Street. #
- Finding underlined text in an old physical book feels like surveillance. Doing so in a Kindle book feels like you’re being surveilled. #
- What a physical site for public speaking looks like mid-construction. http://t.co/Qu8jZfmw #
- The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass app’s UI is whittled to priorities: Schedule, Map, Info, Warren. #
- Old Marc: “In the future you’ll live where Nick Lowe plays for free every year walking distance from your house.” Young Marc: “Yeah, sure.” #
- 40th Disquiet Junto project goes out momentarily. This week we’re adding a third part to a Kenneth Kirschner duet. #
- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass started looking like people form roots acts so they can be rationalized as participants. Still, a great lineup. #
- Alvin Luci(f)er #
- Adele’s Skyfall theme song is an odd bird. It’s extravagantly retro in a way the revived franchise is anything but. http://t.co/RgpFqODK #
- Waiting for the Diego Bernal album Coffee with the DJ. #
- 90% of which look like 1976. RT @tperkis: RT @valentinatanni: “10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011.” Fortune magazine, 9/24/12 #
- Restaurant-data visualization, old-school. Check out the pegboard in this obituary for a Catskills figure: http://t.co/LLwrbREw #
- “Can I Get an Accountant” #debatesongs #
- “The Corporations in Your Neighborhood” #debatesongs #sesamestreet #
- “Zinger! Went the Strings of My Heart” #debatesongs #
- #sonifythedebate RT @EvieN: Romney saying “crushing” a lot like he thinks he’s some kind of rock critic. #
- This café seems to simply have a Steely Dan CD and a Pink Floyd CD alternating. It’s like cultural whiplash in slow motion. #
- Reminder: tomorrow’s @djunto project (the 40th weekly project) will employ the music of Kenneth Kirschner. #
- Today’s sound class: The Jingle: market callers → verse; did radio ads invent hit singles; music-licensing dramaturgy; Fringe plays its hand #
- Maybe it’s some sort of natural echo, but the foghorns are blasting some seriously attenuated notes this morning. #
- RIP, British studio guitarist Big Jim Sullivan (b. 1941), whose discography is bigger than many people’s record collections. #
- RIP, singer R.B. Greaves (b. 1943; “Take a Letter, Maria”), whose “Always Something There to Remind Me” was bested on charts by Naked Eyes’. #
- Nearing-midnight sounds: refrigerator hum, drone of distant passing car, low level electric whir. #
- “I’m gonna play some music and if it’s really annoying lemme know. The emphasis is on ‘really.’” #
- Today’s productivity sponsored by ⌘↓ #
- Man, I miss Dennis Potter. #
- This #MoviesWithKotsay thing is further proof that if I don’t recognize a name on Twitter it is invariably sports-related. #
- Fringe final season episode 1 has Walter going on about music’s power. Episode 3 is titled “The Recordist.” I couldn’t be happier. #
- If my house could speak it would be saying, “I am not used to being warmer on the outside than the inside.” #
- stem swap #
- Tuesday noon siren against the rumble and rattle of a microwave. #
- I don’t write on food much but my ramen-chef interview & dim-sum overview are in new @SactownMagazine, print only. Latter’s the cover image. #
- Video of Benoît Rolland, stringed-instrument bow maker among this year’s MacArthur Fellows (“Genius”) grant winners: http://t.co/aqUKdsCW #
- RIP, trombonist Eddie Bert (b. 1922), veteran of bands of Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Stan Kenton, and others: http://t.co/gj7dmOan #
- Very excited: the 40th @djunto project will build on the music of Kenneth Kirschner. #
- Sang Marvin Gaye’s “Pride & Joy” to my 2-year-old as a lullaby for a month. It transformed into an imagined Social Distortion cover. #
- RIP, car-racing commentator Chris Economaki (b. 1920), whose voice “reminded some of a rumbling racing engine”: http://t.co/LHddh73z #
- For people who enjoy film scores and confuse Cliff Martinez and Clint Mansell, the universe upped the ante with Nathans Johnson and Larson. #
- OK, I now have a humorously sizable number of beta invites to the website art.sy. If you want one, lemme know. #
- Oh, those art.sy invites I mentioned yesterday are spoken for. I’ll mention it if I get some more. #
- Today’s productivity powered by ⌘Y. #
- Whew. Stopped at Shoki Ramen in Sacramento for lunch, and it turned out to be the last day of its tomato ramen. #
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Spring 2013: The Disquiet Junto is assisting Geoff Manaugh in a course he is teaching at Columbia University's GSAPP, "San Andreas: Architecture for the Fault." Details at bldgblog.blogspot.com.
February 26: I'm giving a three-hour guest lecture about listening to a class on writing for radio productions at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.
May 15, 2013: Last day of 15-week course I'm teaching about sound in the media landscape at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California.
Ongoing: In January 2013 I became part of the SoundCloud Heroes project, more on which in the near future. In the short term, full disclosure, I was gifted the top-level account, Pro Plus. Initial post here: "What I'm Up To."
Ongoing: The film The Children Next Door (2012), on which I served as music supervisor and collaborated with Taylor Deupree on sound design, is currently touring festivals. It won a special jury prize at DOC NYC and has also played at the Denver and Hamptons festivals. Directed by Doug Block, produced by Lynda A. Hansen. More at thechildrennextdoor.com.
Down the Pike: Concerts in the Disquiet Junto series are in various stages of planning for London, England; Portland, Oregon; and elsewhere.
Way Down the Pike: Currently writing a book about Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, for the 33 1/3 series.
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disquiet juntoThe Disquiet Junto is an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making space in which restraints are used as a springboard for creativity. It's housed at soundcloud.com. Subscribe to the announcement list at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto. There is an FAQ. These are the weekly projects to date: 1: ice cubes • 2: duet for foghorn and steam whistle • 3: expanded glass harp • 4: remixing Marcus Fischer • 5: adding sounds to everyday life • 6: remixing archival Edison cylinders • 7: create through subtraction • 8: rework Benjamin Franklin's autobiography • 9: cross-species collaboration • 10: remix a previous Junto track • 11: everyday mechanical rhythms • 12: cut and paste • 13: remixing wild Up playing Shostakovich • 14: sonic version of Matt Madden's Oubapo story • 15: aural RGB • 16: sandpaper and dice • 17: transition between field and composed • 18: relative prominence • 19: graphic score (photo by Yojiro Imasaka) • 20: use the NodeBeat app • 21: the four seasons • 22: sonic decay • 23: palindrone • 24: a suite of sonic alerts • 25: remixing project 24 • 26: making music from your trash • 27: turm the instruction text into sound • 28: remix a netlabel release • 29: music from water, inspired by William Gibson's Count Zero • 30: sounds from silence • 31: Revisiting a 1955 Yoko Ono Fluxus piece • 32: sonify the 2012 U.S. presidential election polling data • 33: making music with a turntable but without vinyl • 34: Use the theme song of the Radius broadcast as the source of an original composition • 35: Make music from a sample page of Beck's Song Reader sheet music • 36: Reworking Bach into abstract expressionism • 37: The sound of commerce • 38: Make a fake field recording • 39: Combine three tracks from the Nowaki netlabel into one • 40: Turn a Kenneth Kirschner duet into a trio • 41: Dirty minimalism • 42: Record a "naive melody" with your oldest and newest instruments> • 43: Make mechanical roars from the sound of a retail space • 44: Transition from storm to calm using field recordings from Sandy 2012 • 45: Combine material from the public domain adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer • 46: Investigate a recording of the voting process for its "sonic fingerprint." • 47: Turn the muffled voices of a distant party into the foundation of a recording. • 48: Celebrate the Creative Commons license that allows for derivative works by remixing music from the Three Legs Duck netlabel. • 49: Make a track, 50% of which is the sound of a tape cassette deck in motion. • 50: Encode a word or phrase in Morse Code and employ that as a track's rhythm. • 51: Create a 2012 audio diary with a dozen five-second segments. • 52: Celebrate the Creative Commons by remixing three tracks from the Bump Foot netlabel. • 53: Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it (redux). • 54: Create an original musical score for the day's news. • 55: Combine two Nils Frahm solo piano pieces into one. • 56: Make music from the sound of the tick of a clock. • 57: Use sounds from the Phonetics Lab Archive at UCLA to depict emotions. • 58: Celebrate the Creative Commons by remixing three tracks from the Endless Ascent netlabel. • 59: Make music from three randomly assigned vowels. • 60: Record something about yourself and your music/sound in your own words and voice. • 61: Record a single for which the cover would be the image suggested by a @textinstagram tweet. • 62: Make music using just three sine waves. • 63: Make a new piece of music based on an echo-laden re-recording of Gregorian chant. • 64: Compose a piece to align with, from memory, 60 seconds of everyday sound. • 65: Compose music atop a randomly assigned segment of a pre-existing track by Jared Brickman. • 66: Collaborate posthumously with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton. • 67: Compose music for a phrase from Homer's The Odyssey • 68: Combine three songs from the first release of the new deriv.cc netlabel. • 69: Make music from field recordings of earth, water, air, and fire. • 70: Create a single piece of music from two tones and three beats. • 71: Create an original score to the trailer to Christine Knowlton's film about blind sailors.
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